Ain’t No Juice Like a Cold Pressed Juice

As an avid user of a Vitamix I don’t have twang of guilt in advocating this ‘cold pressed’ style of juicing because it is so different. And you are going to hate me but if you have an older style clunker of a centrifugal juicer (like me) move it on.

I’ve been testing the Kuving’s Silent Juicer because on 7th Sept (first sat of the month) we are setting up a luk beautifood bar at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Pyrmont Growers Market (more on that in another post!) and want to offer organic cold pressed beauty juices + green smoothies.

So what makes it so good? With this type of juicing a huge amount of pressure is applied to the fruits and vegetables to extract the nectar directly from the pulp without applying heat. This pressing action helps keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, as well as creating an incredible consistency to the juices. Like the blender (because every goes in) the nutrient content of the juice is the closest thing you’ll get to eating raw fruit and vegetables. And it’s those nutrients that are going to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

And it loves fibrous vegetable like beetroot & carrot – 2 of my favourite veggies for juicing that don’t really suit the blender. Plus when you make almond milk you don’t have to strain it – make sure you soak your nuts overnight.

The magic is in the colour and the pure beauty of a single juiced vegetable, herb, fruit of nut. Keep them separate and blend to taste as required.

What do you want from your juices?


You need: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants (Lycopene)

Juice these: Kale, Spinach, Almonds, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apricots, Tomatoes


You need: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium, Luetin, Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids

Juice these: Avocado, Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Almonds

Brighten your complexion

You need: Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Juice these: Mint, Oranges, Strawberries, Carrots

Reduce inflammation

You need: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins

Juice these: Cucumber, Beetroot, Pears, Brocolli, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines

Read more about what these beauty nutrients can do for you here.

Some other positives of this style of juicing include the fact that the juice will not separate upon settling and will keep up to three days in the fridge, so you can save time with a bulk juicing session that will last you a few days. The insoluble & soluble fibre stays in suspension. I must also include the added benefit of juicing in silence; cringe no more at the early morning whizzing and whirring that dare disturb the slumber of the kids (or hubby!)…we wish! And of course the advantage of dry pulp comes second only to the simplicity of cleaning the thing!

I spent the afternoon cold-pressing a colourful variety of my favourite fruits and vegetables – everything from apples to avocados. The results were a vibrant rainbow of fruity and veggie liquids. The next part of the fun was mixing the juices to create an array of Beautifood mocktails balancing out the beauty benefits with taste & extraction output.

Here are some of my favourite mixes. Some of them may seem obscure but you must taste before you judge!

  • Almond, pear, ginger, tumeric and carrot
  • Pear, fennel, lemon juice & rind
  • Avocado, banana and mint + ice (thru the mincer add-on)

The juices looked so pretty you just new you were nourishing not only your body but your soul too.

The cold pressed juice experiment

The cold pressed juice experiment

So much juice, so few glasses..
So much juice, so few glasses..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Red cabbage
Red cabbage – skin puffiness protector!


Reduce inflammation with beetroot



Vitamin A&C = antioxidants = fight free radical = minimise wrinkles |  lutien & zeaxanthin protect skin from sun damage & increase skin elasticity


Carotenoids + Vitamin A protect against free radicals and the skin wrinkling they cause.


Brighten your complexion with orange


The Vitamin A in kale helps stimulate collagen formation giving it a youthful, firm appearance.






beautifood bite - beetroot

beautifood bite | beetroot

beautifood bite | beetroot

beautifood bite - beetroot

This rich, beautifully coloured veggie can really not be BEET when it comes to nourishing your body from the inside out.  Available all year round, and reasonably cheap when you buy them with the leaves cut off, there’s no excuse to not include them in your skin loving meals.

FOOD ACTIVES:  Folate, potassium, vitamins A, B and C and magnesium, anthocyanin antioxidants.


Inside: Beetroot helps to detoxify the skin from within by removing impurities. Skin loving minerals including iron potassium and zinc also create healthy red blood cells which carries oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal.

Outside:  The antioxidants in beetroot will help alleviate red puffy complexion caused by inflammation. They are also great for the treatment of immune based skin problems such as acne or psoriasis. Beetroot can be used as a makeup colourant.

COOK:  Steamed, roasted or boiled, beetroot are a great addition to salads and sandwiches, or you can turn them into a dip. For a quick and easy way to get your beet fix get the juicer out!

TIP:  Beetroot helps to detoxify the liver making it a great to have the morning after a few vinos! Yes it colours your pee!

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood infobite photocard to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the infobite image left.

Step 2. Then right click and choose †˜Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6†x4†/10cmx15cm) photopaper.

Step 4. Be at printer for your gorgeous beautifood infobite card!

Step 5. File in a handy place in your kitchen.

4 Vegetable Mash

4 Vegetable Mash

I love mash and so do my kids. There is nothing wrong with potatoes, so don’t have a carb phobia, just get creative and mix up your veggies.

With winter around the corner why not try this take on mashed potato using pumpkin, sweet potato, potato and carrot. You can also substitute cauliflower (to get the crucial cruciferous family into your diet) or celariac. Read more

beauty bar cake

BEAUTY BAR CAKE | more-ish and moist

[recipe] Makes 1 loaf | 60 mins wo-to-go

This is one of those recipes that not only boosts your beautifood intake but helps you feel good whilst making and eating it! It is a moist, more-ish cake filled with nutrient rich goodies. The only ‘added’ sugar comes from 2 tblspns of honey as the dates are cooked down til icky & sticky + sultanas are added to sweeten. It’s gluten free because quinoa and almond flours are used and what’s more there is a cup of finely grated carrot  – that cannot be seen or tasted but provides vitamin A &  fibre and keeps it moist.

This beauty bar cake offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. It’s wholesome ingredients keep you feeling fuller longer, after giving you an initial boost of energy….it is a ‘slow release cake.’


1 cup dates  – pitted and chopped  + water

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Green salad

GREEN LEAVES | how to create a salad repertoire

[recipe]  Serves as you like | 10mins wo-to-go

Greens are the most fast and fabulous beauty food and when combined with fruit, vegetables & seeds or cheese they are bursting with flavour and phytonutrients to help your skin look the best.  We all know we need greens daily  – but who has time to make a green smoothie every work day morning? Instead, toss leaves together, add some goodies, drizzle with an oil & a tasty ‘vinegar’ and relax in the evening knowing you will wake with wonderful skin!


Why green? Because it creates gorgeous skin, supercharges your energy and helps to keeps you clean by eliminating waste. Greens – spinach, rocket, parsley, watercress, beet leaves etc are packed with antioxidants to that stop free radicals from causing wrinkle-forming damage to your skin. They are also loaded with vitamins eg Spinach contains A, K & C not to mention minerals such as iron essential for carrying oxygen around your body and producing energy – essential for skin repair and regeneration. Greens also provide stress-fighting B vitamins. If you do things like combining Spinach (iron) with citrus (vitamin C) they will work well together, allowing for optimal nutrient absorption in your body.


This is a non-recipe! It is about you creating a repertoire of salads that go ‘on-the-side’ with whatever you are cooking.

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LITTLE POTS OF CREME BRULEE | guilt-free indulgence

[recipe] Serves min 10 | 10 mins prep + 25min bake + 4hrs cooling time

I don’t believe in missing out and I don’t believe in being miss piggy but sometimes you desire a dessert that’s creamy softness, smooth and sweet – especially if it’s the weekend and you have people over. Rather than getting stressed over a high sugar and high saturated fat level – just work around it. Make your serve size smaller, pop fruit on the side and to be honest you can skip the fiddly brulee part and have a thin nutty wafer bikkie to dip. And if you are still feeling you are breaking your new found mantra – substitute stevia for sugar. What are you waiting for?

BEAUTY BOOST: Um well – lets talk eggs because there is one in every 100ml of liquid in a brulee and they are fabulous little bundles of body beautifying nutrients. The obvious one is powerful protein – it contains all the essential amino acids that help build and repair the muscle and tissue below your skin, the stuff that supports how skin looks and we all know what well toned muscles look like! The yoke  is rich, rich, rich in fat soluble Vitamins A, E and naturally occurring D, lecithin and a spectrum of carotenoid antioxidants including lutein (great for increasing skin’s elasticity), recent research found it to be better bioavailable source than green veggies!  These food actives help neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your skin.

So get cracking!

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Antioxidants | fight free radicals that cause wrinkles

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Beauty and Benefits: Antioxidants play a vital role within foods and your body – there is evidence suggesting our bodies production of antioxidants may decrease as we age. The normal process of metabolism, no matter what you are doing or eating creates free radicals – unstable compounds which through oxidation, transfer an electron and so leave behind a new free radical. On top of this we are exposed everyday to free radicals present in sunlight (UVradiation), cigarette smoking, air pollution, and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals. These ‘free radicals’ damage cell function and intercell integrity. Damage to our skin cells and the ‘scaffolding’ that keeps skin smooth and tight leads to sagging, rough, wrinkled skin, blemishes; and an uneven complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin.

Source:   Foods rich in many hundreds of antioxidants include most fruits, veggies, some ‘good’ oils such as olive & sunflower, whole grains, eggs, nuts, green tea, some spices and meat.  They contain an extensive variety of antioxidants which have varying roles and effects, some more valuable than others. There are 2 main types of antioxidants found in foods – Carotenoids and Polyphenols which are further classified as there are over 600 known carotenoids alone. (we’ll help you understand that in another post) Vitamins A,C & E are antioxidants as are many minerals.

There are lots of tests & tables claiming what foods have the highest antioxidant levels but in reality the measure of the antioxidant level (eg the ORAC – oxygen radical absorbance capacity) has little relevance to real life without knowing what antioxidants are absorbed or how much we might need or how they work synergistically within the body. There is still a lot of research to be done.

Morsel to Motivate:  The hope is however that antioxidants from foods may compensate for the shortfall in our own production.  It has been proven that antioxidants work better when obtained from a variety of foods rather than supplements as the latter may have little effect on the cells! As always – eat fresh, minimally processed foods and ensure you have lots of variety!


QUINOA SALAD | beauty building blocks

[RECIPE]  Serves 4-6 | 30min wo-to-go

I discovered this fabulous amino-rich plant seed when my husband & I were trekking in Peru in 2003. It was a popular staple of  Sth America (& sacred to the Incas), providing one of the few plant sources of complete protein (12-18% protein) , for the life of me I could not work out why it was so hard to get back in Australia. Fast – forward 2012 and everyone is talking  ‘Keen-wah’.

Like all things new, you wonder how to best use it. I’m only a couple weeks ahead of you in my experience and can share – it is almost ‘fool|fail’ proof & very quick|easy. It has an interesting texture -it’s soft, creamy & chewy all at once, it taste is mild, almost earthy, perhaps a little nutty.  I chose the red variety as it looks so pretty. Here I add lots of green & white crunch and a simple lemony dressing.


This salad offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. Read more

Lima beans, baby roma tomato & basil salad + red wine vinaigrette

SUMMER LIMA SALAD | beans means beauty

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 3+ hrs wo-to-go dried beans or 10mins wo-to-go canned beans 

A simple & beautiful salad of lima beans (often called butter beans because of their creamy texture and colour), ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

I am not sure why I don’t use ‘pulses’ more in my cooking, but I suspect it revolves around forming habits!  I am making a concerted effort to include pulses like lima beans and chickpeas in my weekly repertoire because they are packed with beauty-boosting goodness.

BEAUTY BOOST: Lima beans contain the lesser know trace mineral molybdenum, essential for synthesizing DNA – your cells genetic makeup, play a key role in enzymatic de-toxifying of cells and is a good source of B vitamins thiamin and folate which help cells make energy.  Their iron content (25% RDI in one cup) helps transfer oxygen into your cells & their high fibre content helps absorbs and facilitate quick removal of waste, both contributing to a brighter complexion. They contain trace mineral & antioxidant manganese which helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin, trigger inflammation and affect your complexion – and not in a good way!

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Roast Pumpkin, Pinenut & Coriander with balsamic glaze

ROAST PUMPKIN SALAD | colour me beautiful

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 90min wo-to-go

Taste. Looks. Good-for-your skin, what  more do you want! Cheat and buy peeled pumpkin and you’re cooking for beauty in moments!

BEAUTY BOOST: Bright orange and red colours are your signal that this salad is loaded with beta-carotene (converted to Vit A in the body), lycopene & lutein, all highly powerful antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals in our skin, thereby helping to keep our skin moist and youthful. Lutein also increases skin elasticity, which plays a vital role in wrinkle prevention and it is thought to work with zeaxanthin (another antioxidant found in capsicum) to protect skin from damage & inflammation caused by the sun. This salad also contains 2 potent free-radical destroyers vitamin A (fat-soluble) & Vitamin C (water soluble), the first

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